My story is not over; and neither is yours.

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A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended; but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life. Today is April 16th, which is the day of the Semi Colon Project. A day when those who have struggled with grief, or been suicidal, or self harmed, or lived with a broken … [Read more...]

Our Stories Are Not Over #SemicolonProject416

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I recently read about the Semicolon Project on Healthy Place. It really spoke to me, and when I shared the information in my mental health blogs group on Facebook, many of my fellow advocates responded to the campaign; especially as writers living with mental illness. I just love the imagery and … [Read more...]

The Life Saver

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. Last Thursday I stayed up past 3am drawing something... I was so inspired and moved to be creating it that I just couldn't stop. I know some of you (but definitely not all of you) know I've been struggling in a manic phase. I saw my doctor just under 2 weeks ago and she completely revised my … [Read more...]

Share Without Shame

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. On Saturday a few friends and I went to the Overnight Walk Kick-Off Event in Seattle. We were there as representatives for our Washington Chapter, but mainly the goal was to introduce first timers to the National 17-mile Overnight Walk, and encourage those still thinking about it to take the … [Read more...]

Social Media Butterflies: Suicide Prevention Fundraiser

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. Right now I'm in the middle of a very important project. I'm raising funds for suicide prevention. For the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to be more specific. I'm sure you've heard me talking about it, but if you haven't, a couple months ago I created some original art that I … [Read more...]

Postpartum Bipolar Disorder & World Bipolar Day

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. I'm over at Postpartum Progress this morning and we're talking about Postpartum Bipolar Disorder. Many women who experience PPD in the classic sense also experience the very often misdiagnosed symptom of hypomania/mania. And some women even go on to actually develop chronic Bipolar after … [Read more...]

On the Move: 14 Tips for Healing from Sexual Trauma

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. Licensed Professional Counselor Kathy Morelli and I are over at Postpartum Progress today talking about past sexual trauma and how it can affect the stages of motherhood (pregnancy, birth & postpartum). She offers great advice on ways to help.  I myself have experienced a date rape, and … [Read more...]

World Bipolar Day March 30

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. It wasn't until recently that my doctor realized I had more than Depression and Anxiety as I had thought my whole life. After having kids I also started to display the symptom of Mania as well. Living with Bipolar Disorder isn't something I'd wish on anyone. But its a part of me and it doesn't … [Read more...]

Why Support My Suicide Prevention Fundraising

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. I've got a fundraiser going for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that you may have heard about. But why should you pre-order a shirt and donate to this vital cause? What does the AFSP do with that money? How does it help bring us closer to the goal of suicide prevention? After … [Read more...]

Mental Health Triggers Explained and Tips

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. Have you ever seen a blog post with a "Trigger Warning" at the top? Have you wondered what that means exactly? There are a lot of normal everyday things that can trigger symptoms of mental illness like anxiety or panic. For those of you who don't have a mental illness it might be difficult … [Read more...]

Your Jokes are SO Not Funny

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. Before getting to my post today, I have some wonderful news. As of last week, I am now on the Board of Directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Washington State Chapter. I've been a volunteer for the organization on the media team for quite some time and also recently become … [Read more...]

Once Upon a Time: Depression #DayofLight

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. Once upon a time, there was a 20-something girl with a family history of mental illness. But she didn't know that at the time. It was something that wasn't talked about. Something that lurked in the darkness. When she started struggling herself, she didn't know what it was. She felt confused, … [Read more...]

Bring Depression Out of the Darkness #DayofLight

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. On Wednesday February 5th bloggers from all over the country are collaborating to flood social media with personal stories about living with depression, and accurate information on managing and living with the mental illness. #DayOfLight was created to shine a light on depression, and share … [Read more...]

Mental Health after Infant Loss & Miscarriage

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. TRIGGER WARNING: Infant Loss & Miscarriage. GUEST POST By: Colleen, a wife, mom, homeschooler, missionary and writer. She currently serves alongside her husband and five sons as a founder of the non-profit St. Bryce Missions and is part of the ground team in Tayutic, Costa Rica. She … [Read more...]

Being a Mom Does Not 100% Fulfill Me

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. We're so conflicted as mothers. At least I know I am. I wanted to be a stay at home mom and a big part of me loves seeing my kids day to day, hour by hour, grow, change and learn to be the little people they are. It's a beautiful thing, such an amazing gift to them, and incredibly important job … [Read more...]

PPMD Screening: A Matter of Life Or Death

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. GUEST POST By: A'Driane, mama of three, wife to a nerdy futurist, and a color addict who gets a rush from putting paint to canvas. A PPD & PPA survivor, she now strives to find the beauty in living despite the chaos of Bipolar Disorder Type II & OCD. An ardent believer in the power of … [Read more...]

This is My Brave Show: Auditions Open

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.   This is My Brave, the show: "Opening up about Mental Illness" is the brainchild of passionate blogger and mental health advocate Jennifer Marshall (@bipolarmomlife). I wrote about her endeavor earlier last year when she Kickstarted her event (with success) and now that the event is set and … [Read more...]